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Using SharePoint to View Operations Manager Data

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

System Center 2012 – Operations Manager includes a SharePoint Web Part that displays selected dashboards from the web console. A configured Web Part allows you to see at a glance the availability and performance metrics for applications in your environment.

The Operations Manager Web Part is particularly useful for providing current status views to individuals in your organization who are not Operations Manager users. Use the following procedures, as applicable, to set up dashboards on a SharePoint page.

How to Deploy the Operations Manager Web Part
Before you can add the Operations Manager Web Part to a SharePoint page, the Web Part must be deployed to the SharePoint site.

How to Configure the Web Part to Connect to a Web Console
After you deploy the Operations Manager Web Part, you configure it to connect to a specific web console.

How to Add the Operations Manager Web Part to a SharePoint Page
After the Operations Manager Web Part is deployed to a SharePoint site, you can add the Web Part to a SharePoint page.

How to Configure the Web Part to Use Shared Credentials
To configure the Operations Manager Web Part so that those who are not Operations Manager users can view it, you must configure the Web Part to use shared credentials.

How to Add Additional Environments to the Web Part
When you deploy the Operations Manager Web Part, you configure it to connect to a Web Console Server or environment. You can add additional environments to a Web Part, which will enable you to display dashboards from multiple management groups.

How to Uninstall the Operations Manager Web Part
You can uninstall the Operations Manager Web Part from all sites and web applications in the farm or from a specific site or web application.

How to Deploy the Operations Manager Web Part

The following are the prerequisites for deploying the Operations Manager web part:

  • The Operations Manager web console must be installed on a management server.

  • The SharePoint farm must be running SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Server 2010 Standard, SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise, or SharePoint Foundation 2010.

    noteNote
    If the SharePoint farm is running SharePoint Foundation 2010, you can only deploy the web part in the same domain as the web console and you cannot use shared credentials.

  • You must have SharePoint administrator permissions for the SharePoint farm; specifically, you must have permissions to perform the following tasks:

    • Run the SharePoint PowerShell client

    • Start and stop the SPAdminV4 and SPTimerV4 services

    • Run the Add-SPSolution and Install-SPSolution cmdlets for the farm, and run the Enable-SPFeature cmdlet for all sites on the farm

The web part is a solution file named Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.SharePointIntegration.wsp. To deploy the web part, you run a script named install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1. This script is located in the Operations Manager installation folder under Setup\amd64\SharePoint.

noteNote
You can get more information on the scripts included with Operations Manager by using the command shell and the get-help cmdlet. For example: get-help install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1.

Using the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 script, you can deploy the web part to all sites and web applications in the farm or to a specific site or web application.

To deploy the Operations Manager web part

  1. Copy the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 file and the Microsoft.Enterprisemanagement.Sharepointintegration.wsp file from the Operations Manager installation folder under Setup\amd64\SharePoint to a location that the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell can access.

  2. Open the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell and navigate to the directory where you saved the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 file.

  3. In the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell, type the following command, and then press Enter.

    .\install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 –solutionPath <directory for Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.SharePointIntegration.wsp> -url <optional, for installing to a specific portal address or website>

    Here is an example that deploys the web part to a specific portal address. In this example you are copying the files to “C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2012\”.

    .\install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 “C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2012\” http://localhost:4096

    If an error occurs when you run the script, you must disable the RemoteSigned default code-signing execution policy for the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell. To allow the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 script to run, type the following command, and then press enter:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

    You will see some confirmation messages, select Y to confirm, and then run the script.

  4. Verify that the web part is deployed and activated by performing the following steps:

    1. Open the site http://localhost.

    2. In the Site Actions dropdown menu, click Site Settings.

    3. In the Site Collection Administration section, click Site collection features.

    4. Locate Operations Manager Dashboard Web Part.

      • If the button to the right says Activate, then the feature was not automatically activated during deployment. To activate the web part, click the Activate button.

      • If the button to the right says Deactivate, no steps are required. The Operations Manager Dashboard web part can now be inserted into site pages.

  5. If you disabled the RemoteSigned default code-signing execution policy to run the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 script, you should re-enable it after the script runs. Type the following command and then press enter:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy Restricted

    You will see some confirmation messages, select Y to confirm.

How to Configure the Web Part to Connect to a Web Console

After the web part is deployed and activated, you must configure the web part to connect to a web console or environment. You can add more environments at any time. Use the following procedure to configure the environment for a web part.

To configure the environment for a web part by using the user interface

  1. On the SharePoint central administration site, in the Site Actions dropdown menu, click View All Site Content.

  2. In Lists, click Operations Manager Web Console Environments.

  3. Click Add new item.

  4. In the Name field, enter a unique name.

  5. In the HostURI field, enter the URI to a server hosting the Operations Manager web console. For example: http://ServerName/OperationsManager/

  6. Click Save.

How to Add the Operations Manager Web Part to a SharePoint Page

After you deploy the Operations Manager web part to a SharePoint site, you can add the web part to pages. When you add the web part, you configure it to display a specific dashboard view. For the configuration, you will need the URI for the dashboard view that you want displayed.

To obtain the URI, open the web console and navigate to the desired dashboard view. The address bar will display an address such as the following:

http://localhost/OperationsManager/#/dashboard%7Btype=Microsoft.SystemCenter.Visualization.Library!Visualization.SlaDashboardViewInstanceDaily%7D

The following procedure creates a SharePoint page with the Operations Manager Dashboard Viewer web part that can only be accessed by users who have an Operations Manager user role, such as Operator or Administrator. To configure the Operations Manager Dashboard Viewer web part so that those who are not Operations Manager users can view it, perform the following steps and then see the procedure How to Configure the Web Part to Use Shared Credentials.

To add the web part to a page

  1. Open an Internet browser, and then navigate to the SharePoint server.

  2. In the Site Actions dropdown menu, click New Page.

  3. Enter a name for the page, and then click Create.

  4. The new page opens with editing tools available. Below Editing Tools, click Insert.

  5. On the Insert toolbar, click Web Part.

  6. In Categories, click Microsoft System Center.

  7. In Web Parts, click Operations Manager Dashboard Viewer Web Part, and then click Add.

  8. Click the arrow in the top right of the web part, and then click Edit web part.

  9. Select the web console server in the Dashboard Server field, and enter the URI for the dashboard in the Dashboard Parameters field, and then click OK.

  10. On the menu bar, click Page.

  11. Click Save & Close.

noteNote
After you correctly set up a dashboard web part in SharePoint, you might receive an error message saying “ticket has expired”. This is because there is a very narrow time-out for an override ticket (by default, 5 seconds). If the time on the server running SharePoint and the Web console server differ by more than this value, the connection fails. This is a likely situation if the computers are in different domains and are using a different time source. You can increase the time-out on the SharePoint Server in the web console list, but this would make the server more vulnerable to attack. The best solution is to synchronize the time between the server running SharePoint and the web console server.

How to Configure the Web Part to Use Shared Credentials

To configure the Operations Manager Dashboard Viewer web part so that those who are not Operations Manager users can view it, perform the following procedures. In the first procedure, you configure credentials by creating a Target Application ID in SharePoint. Next, you configure the web part environment.

noteNote
Operations Manager provides two scripts in the setup\SharePoint directory to allow users to add and update the SharePoint web environment keys from the web config file: add-OperationsManager-WebConsole-Environment.ps1 and update-OperationsManager-WebConsole-Environment.ps1. These scripts strip the encryptionAlgorithm and encryptionValidationAlgorithm for the override ticket from the web config file and add or update it in the sharepoint environment. This allows you to automate the creation and rotation of keys. Procedures for using these scripts are in this section.

noteNote
You cannot configure shared credentials in SharePoint Foundation 2010.

To create a Target Application ID

  1. In SharePoint Central Administration, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  2. Double-click Secure Store Service.

  3. Click New.

  4. On the Application settings page, enter a Target Application ID, a display name, and an email contact address. The Target Application ID is a unique text string that is used by the Secure Store Service application to identify this target application. The display name is displayed in the user interface. The contact can be any legitimate email address and does not have to be the identity of an administrator of the Secure Store Service application. In Target Application Type, select Group. Click Next.

  5. On the Add Field page, accept the default of Windows User Name and Windows Password, and click Next.

  6. In Target Application Administrators, enter a domain account, and click OK.

  7. Click the dropdown arrow to the right of the name of the Target Application ID that you created, and click Set Credentials.

  8. In the Windows User Name field, enter the user name of the account you want the web part to use. Enter the password for the account and confirm the password, and then click OK.

To configure the Web Part environment to use shared credentials

  1. On the server hosting the Web console, in the installation folder for the Operations Manager web console, locate the Web.config file. The default installation path is C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\WebHost.

  2. Open Web.config in a text editor.

  3. Locate the <encryption> section.

  4. Locate the OverrideTicketEncryptionKey entry. In the following example, the first bold value is the encryption algorithm key and the second bold value is the encryption validation algorithm key:

    Example: <key name="OverrideTicketEncryptionKey" algorithm="3DES" value="92799B26F0BF54EE76A40CFECDB29868927D2DA4D7E57EBD"> <validation algorithm="HMACSHA1" value="7526BAC9FC9562835A3872A3DC12CB8B"/>

  5. Copy both keys and close Web.config.

  6. On the SharePoint site, in the Site Actions dropdown menu, click View All Site Content.

  7. In Lists, click Operations Manager Web Console Environments .

  8. Click the web part that you want to configure, and then click Edit Item.

  9. In the TargetApplicationID field, enter the Target Application ID that you created in the previous procedure.

  10. In the Encryption Algorithm Key field, enter the encryption algorithm key that you copied from Web.config.

  11. In the Encryption Validation Algorithm Key field, enter the encryption validation algorithm key that you copied from Web.config.

  12. Click Save.

Repeat this procedure for each Operations Manager environment.

To configure the environment for a Web Part by using a script

  1. Copy the add-OperationsManager-WebConsole-Environment.ps1 file, which is in the Operations Manager installation folder under Setup\amd64\SharePoint, to the SharePoint server.

  2. Open Operations Manager Shell.

  3. Run add-OperationsManager-WebConsole-Environment.ps1 using the following parameters:

    -title the name of the dashboard view

    -webconsoleUNCpath to the web.config file, not including filename

    noteNote
    The web.config file is found under Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\WebHost on the computer running the web console.

    -targetApplicationID the Target Application ID

How to Add Additional Environments to the Web Part

Adding new environments to the Web Part enables you to display dashboards from multiple management groups.

To add environments to the Web Part

  1. On the SharePoint site, in the Site Actions dropdown menu, click View All Site Content.

  2. In Lists, click Operations Manager Web Consoles.

  3. Click Add new item.

  4. In the Name field, enter a unique name.

  5. In the HostURI field, enter the URI to a server hosting the Operations Manager web console. For example: http://localhost/OperationsManager/

  6. Click Save.

To add environments to a Web Part by using a script

  1. Copy the update-OperationsManager-WebConsole-Environment.ps1 file, which is in the Operations Manager installation folder under Setup\amd64\SharePoint, to the SharePoint server.

  2. Open Operations Manager Shell.

  3. Run update-OperationsManager-WebConsole-Environment.ps1 using the following parameters:

    -title the name of the dashboard view

    -webconsoleUNCpath to the web.config file, not including filename

    noteNote
    The web.config file is found under Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\WebHost on the computer running the web console.

    -targetApplicationID the Target Application ID

How to Uninstall the Operations Manager Web Part

As with deploying the Operations Manager Web Part, you can uninstall the Web Part from all sites and web applications in the farm or from a specific site or web application. The Web Part can be uninstalled by using a script or retracted by using the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration site.

To uninstall the Web Part by using a Script

  1. Copy the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 file to a location that the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell can access.

  2. Open the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell and navigate to the directory where you saved the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 file.

  3. In the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell, type the following command, and then press Enter.

    .\uninstall-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 –solutionPath <directory for Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.SharePointIntegration.wsp> -url <optional, for uninstalling from a specific portal address or website>

    Example that uninstalls the Web Part from a specific portal address:

    .\uninstall-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 “C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2012\” http://localhost:4096

    If an error occurs when you run the script, you must disable the RemoteSigned default code-signing execution policy for the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell. To allow the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 script to run, type this command, and then press enter:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

    You will see some confirmation messages, select Y to confirm, and then run the script.

  4. If you disabled the RemoteSigned default code-signing execution policy to run the install-OperationsManager-DashboardViewer.ps1 script, you should re-enable it after the script runs. Type this command, and then press enter:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy Restricted

    You will see some confirmation messages, select Y to confirm.

To retract the Web Part by using SharePoint Central Administration

  1. Open the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration site.

  2. Click System Settings.

  3. Click Manage Farm Solutions.

  4. Right-click the Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.SharePointIntegration.wsp file, and then click Retract.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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